How to Improve your Credit Score

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How to improve your credit score

In order to improve your credit score, you need to know how the score has been calculated.

When applying for any lending or entering into a financial contract, the company will check your credit score.  The score you are given is based on the information contained in your credit report.  So, if you’ve been advised your score is too low for a company to consider lending to you, you need to find out why.  The company may not have advised you what your actual score is, so first, you need to apply for it by following the guide below:

  • Check your free Experian credit score.   An Experian account lets you access your Experian Credit Score for free which is updated every 30 days each time you log in.  Your credit score could make the difference to your chance of getting a mortgage, and Experian believes that everybody should be able to access it without paying a penny.  Buying your first home is an exciting life step and you want to ensure you are in the best position to be qualified for a mortgage. Lenders look at several factors including, your salary, debt and savings when considering your application. Your score is a number from 0-999 that’s based on the information in your credit report.  The higher your score, the greater your chance of getting the best mortgage deals.
  • If you have been rejected a mortgage as a result of a poor credit score, or simply want to improve your score before applying for a mortgage, you can do this by applying for a credit report with Experian (CreditExpert).*
  • *For CreditExpert a monthly fee of £14.99 applies after your free trial. You may cancel during your 30-day free trial without charge. New customers only. Free trial period starts on registration – further ID verification may be required to access full service which may take up to 5 days.

How to improve your credit score:

  1. Apply for your credit score.
  2. Once you have it, apply for a credit report.  For guidance, click here.
  3. Once you have your credit report, you must check it carefully and if you need to, you should dispute any incorrect/negative information straight away.  For guidance click here.
  4. In the meantime, you should ensure that you are listed on the electoral role.
  5. If you have a bank overdraft, try to pay it off as quickly as possible.
  6. Pay off your late payments and set up a direct debit so that you don’t miss any future ones.
  7. Pay off your late payments and set up a direct debit so that you don’t miss any future ones.
  8. Cancel credit cards that are no longer in use and do not apply for any new ones.
  9. Financially disassociate yourself from family members if they have bad credit themselves.  For guidance click here.
  10. Do not apply for any borrowing for at least a few months until you have resolved any problems with companies listed in the report.

If your score is low because you have no financial history:

  1. If you have never borrowed before, consider getting a credit card with a very low spending limit, a store card or a mobile phone contract.
  2. Ensure that you pay the balance at the end of each month and never miss a payment.
  3. If you have a credit card balance, set up a direct debit so that you don’t miss payments.
  4. Wait a few months for your new lending history to take effect, then re-apply for the lending you require.

If your score is low because you have incorrect information on your credit report:

  1. Ensure that you are listed on the electoral role.
  2. Do not apply for any borrowing for a few months until you have resolved any problems with any companies listed in the report.  Click here for guidance.
  3. If you have a bank overdraft, try to pay it off as quickly as possible.
  4. Cancel credit cards that are no longer in use and do not apply for any new ones.
  5. If you have a credit card balance, set up a direct debit so that you don’t miss payments.